09 November 2015

This week we welcome as new members:

Level Lifts


Opportunities for action:


  • Community Network; Talking Communities Together: 25th Anniversary Event


When: Monday 16th November 2015

Where: The Atrium, Level 30, Barclays, 1 Churchill Place, London E14 5HP

Time: 16:00pm – 18:30pm


Community Network is a national charity working to combat social isolation, loneliness and their devastating effects on health and well-being. Since 1989, we have been bringing socially isolated people together to build telephone communities, improving their engagement with others, confidence, self-esteem, health and well-being.

We are pleased to invite you to our 25th Anniversary Event where we will explore with you the future of telecommunications and its potential to address loneliness. We are particular keen to encourage participation from user led organisations and those supporting carers.

We will use this event to look at how far we have come and celebrate our successes; launch our peer research on loneliness amongst younger adults (conducted by UCL students) and invite you to join us to explore how best to address loneliness through telecommunications.

Deadline for registration is Monday 9th November 2015

You can use this link to watch a video about our offer.

Don’t miss out – register here.


  • Ageing Without Children in partnership with Age UK Camden: people workshop


When: Saturday 28th November 2015

Where: Tavis House, London WC1H 9NA

Time: 10:00am – 16:30pm


Whatever the reason you have entered your later life without children, it’s a good idea to think about plans for the future and to talk with others who share a similar experience. Ageing Without Children, in partnership with Age UK Camden, will be hosting a workshop for people ageing without children.

This workshop will give you the opportunity to talk and share experiences with other people who are ageing without children; think practically about later life and what plans need to be put in place and find out what support is available to people as they get older.

The workshop will be led by Kirsty Woodard, Founder of Ageing without Children, who has 20 years’ experience of working with, and for, older people. Age UK Camden will be there to share information about local services and Ablestoke financial planners will be on hand to talk about finance in later life.


Don’t miss out – register here.


For your information…


  • Would you like to improve government digital services? If male, were you born in 1950-1951? If female, were you born between in February 1952-September 1953? The Department for Work and Pensions want to improve how people get their State Pension and need your help. You may be thinking about your pension or you have recently claimed it, we’d like to learn from your experience. Whether you’re able to help us or not, it won’t affect your state pension or any other benefits. If you would like to take part in our research, please get in touch with your name, age and contact details via this link DWP State Pension User Research team.


  • More and more of us are ‘getting hitched’ later in life. According to the last figures from the Office of National Statistics, couples aged 65-69 account for the biggest rise in marriages – over 20%. In line with this information, a leading advice website aimed at older people and their families is putting emphasis knowledge about the impact marriage or civil partnership has on pensions and other benefits. Deborah Stone, MD of myageingparent says this: “Increasingly people are getting married late in life after a divorce or bereavement…That’s quite understandable as life expectancy is rising and I would also say that families are becoming more supportive of their parents remarrying. Currently around 20,000 people each year aged 60 and over are getting wed, many of them in their 80s and sometimes beyond. Many more are entering civil partnerships or simply moving in together. As well as enjoying the romance of love in later life, it is also sensible to think about how you will manage your new financial and legal arrangements. Remarriage, civil partnership or even living as a couple can affect your means-tested benefits – including universal credit, housing benefit, or council tax support, as your new partner’s income will be taken into consideration as part of your overall income.” For practical tips on marriage and civil partnerships in later life, including a free information pack, click here.


  • Your home is your haven – but it’s also the place where the most accidents happen, resulting in more than 5,000 deaths annually and 2.7 million visits to Accident & Emergency. Children under five and people over 65 (particularly 75+) are most likely to have an accident at home. Cold-calling, telephone scams, intruders and bogus callers are big safety worries, but it is actually falls that make up the majority of accidents, particularly for older people. Measures that prevent falling, or minimise the consequences by alerting someone early, are key to avoiding this most common home hazard. Worried about staying safe at home or a frail relative living alone? Now a team of Which! experts have selected some ingenious gadgets to help you or a frail relative stay independent and safe at home. From deterring bogus callers, to preventing and dealing with falls this expert ‘Staying Safe at Home Guide’ will help you select the right products with the features you need.


  • Every UK employee has a legal right to Reasonable Adjustments in the workplace. Making even small changes to equipment, workspace and work patterns can have a huge impact on a person’s well-being, as well as boosting productivity and loyalty. The trouble is that one size never fits all. No matter how supportive, managers and employers often don’t know what adjustments would be suitable or whether they are being reasonable. Focusing on the practical issues that a disability, health condition or impairment is having on an employee’s working life and identifying Reasonable Adjustments can help to improve their well-being and boost their performance. Clear Talents on Demand is a new online service that is using AbilityNet field expertise to help employers and employees demystify and understand reasonable adjustments, helping employers to maximise productivity and minimise risk. For more information, click here.


  • NHS England has published a series of quick guides to support local health and care systems. The guides provide practical tips, case studies and links to useful documents, which can be used to implement solutions to commonly experienced issues such as delayed discharges and unnecessary hospital admissions. Care and Repair England supported the development of one of the guides on Better Use of Care at Home. Produced by United Kingdom Home Care Association, it looks at how to improve the relationships, processes and use of home care and housing support to help people home from hospital and avoid admission. This guide includes examples of Home Improvement Agency and First Stop housing, care and finance advice agencies’ partnerships with hospitals and GPs. You can access the ‘Better Use of Care at Home’guide here. All other guides are available through here. Please also find some of the case studies we have identified here.


  • FromGeneration2Generation are a business that creates opportunities for different generations to learn, raise aspirations, have fun, and share the untapped range of skills and knowledge that retired people have to offer. We create flexible jobs for retired people and build stronger communities. Please check out the website. You can also get in touch using the following contact details: 02089800693 /0798 356772 or via e-mail here.

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